I love any excuse to be embarrassingly affectionate, eat lots of chocolate and bake pretty things. so Valentines day is the perfect occasion by my books. this year, I embraced the opportunity to play with fondant and make some roses. … Continue reading
In the depths of my avoid-essay-writing procrastination last week, I bought a new bike to ride to work. A radiant red ladies ‘vintage’ bicycle. I was so excited to take it out for a whirl this weekend, but I hadn’t ridden … Continue reading
I didn’t post this last week because I had a pretty bad week – one that made me angry and frustrated and cry a lot.
for me, a bad week like this leads to really bad cooking.
for example, I made this batch of ugly cupcakes.
I clearly didn’t think the proportion of each mixture through enough. It tasted nice, but cupcakes cant be ugly, it defeats their whole purpose for existing.
In my mind it was a dense rich spiced coffee cake with a swirled in cheesecake layer and a caramelised sauteed apple cluster on top. In reality the cake rose way too much, the cheesecake was too dense, and the apples looked like big sparse growths.
I was so devastated by this result, because I had so carefully made the batter for each of the three layers, so I sat on the kitchen floor and had a mini teary. I’m such a sook, I know. I felt much better afterwards though.
But this weekend marked the beginning of spring, and spring means new beginnings right?
I’ve always loved parsnips roasted to a crisp ,or mashed up as a healthy alternative to potatoes. But this very versatile and sweet root vegetable is also a killer cake ingredient. Who knew? During World War 2, when fresh fruit … Continue reading
I am currently obsessed with all things mini.. gelatissimo‘s adorable bambino cones, mini note cards by kattailz in beautiful pastel colours, gorgeous teensy lemon meringue pies. So when I was scourging the web for new cupcake ideas and came across notquitenigella‘s … Continue reading